What to watch: Uncle Frank

Paul Bettany stars as the gay uncle in this road-trip movie from Alan Ball.

What to watch: Uncle Frank

If you’re looking for some queer content to add to your watch-list, then Uncle Frank is worth considering..

Written and directed by Alan Ball – the man behind Six Feet Under, and True Blood – Uncle Frank gives us a road-trip movie set in 1973.

Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) moves from her rural Southern town to study at New York University, where her Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) teaches literature.

Frank is gay and living with his partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi).

A death in the family forces the trio to take a road trip back home and confront past trauma.

The cast also includes Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, and Stephen Root.

This is an excellent film – superbly written and beautifully realised.

It’s billed as a comedy, which probably isn’t helpful. Sure, there’s some lighter moments, but there’s some serious emotional gut-punches in this story. It’s incredibly powerful.

Definitely worth watching.

Uncle Frank is available on Amazon Prime